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Anonymous
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Hi all,

Actually Guy Fawkes had something with Spain! He enlisted in the Spanish army under the Archduke Albert of Austria. Fawkes held a post of command when the Spaniards took Calais in 1596 under the orders of King Philip II of Spain….

In 16 February 1603 he went to Spain “enlighten King Philip II concerning the true position of the Romanists in England”. During this visit he renewed his acquaintance with Christopher Wright, and the two men set about obtaining Spanish support for an invasion of England upon the death of Elizabeth I.

Sorry, just looked this up as my husband keeps telling me Guy Fawkes was Spanish, and I had to check as it seemed a bit unlikely!

(See http://www.guy-fawkes.com)

So its probably a bit politically incorrect of us to burn his effigy here in Spain!

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